Jamie Vardell '77 recalls that the last English course he took before graduating was from Ed Craun. It was somehow fitting that 33 years later, when Jamie's daughter, Brooks '10, completed her own W&L career, her last English course was taught by-Ed Craun. "It's always fun and sentimental when your child can take a course from the same professor who taught you," said Vardell. "Just as I did when I had him as a teacher, Brooks thought he was fantastic."
Vardell and his wife, Elizabeth, have made a $250,000 gift to the Colonnade project. It will recognize Craun by naming the office of the English Department's chair, in the restored Payne Hall, in his honor. "When anybody thinks about Washington and Lee and there is a visual image associated with that, it's almost always the Colonnade," Vardell said. "That's the face of the school, and it's important to preserve it and also bring it into the 21st century without detracting from its history and its look."